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Keep Your Balance: the First Principle of Good WaterSpace Design

Balance the First Principle of Good WaterSpace Design

Use balance to pull together all the elements in your outdoor living space Just as we can’t stand erect without balance, humans can’t stand an environment lacking a sense of balance. Like our physical balance, we don’t consciously notice balance in built spaces. Until it’s missing. Then it may be too late. Balance in 3-Dimensions […]

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Design Choices: Follow these 6 WaterSpace Design Principles

Design Choices Follow these 6 WaterSpace Design Principles

We all want to have design choices, to make our own choices. But have you ever been overwhelmed by too many choices? It happens a lot with the abundance of choices we have in America, and it seems to happen daily, now that we’re buying so much online. Believe me, it’s going to happen frequently […]

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Philadelphia’s Fairmount Water Works – America’s Most Famous WaterSpace

Philadelphia’s Fairmount Water Works

‘A Place Wondrous to Behold’: How Philadelphia’s Place for Pumping ‘Utility Water’ Became America’s Most Famous WaterSpace In the mid-19th century, Philadelphia’s Fairmount Water Works was a world famous tourist attraction. It was the second most visited attraction in America (first place went to that most famous “water feature,” Niagara Falls). Upon his visit in […]

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Take a Dive Into the Science of Water

the Science of Water

Let’s look at the science of water. This article is the second in the “Just Add Water” series inspired by Wallace J. Nichols, author of “Blue Mind” and founder of the Blue Mind movement We all know water is H2O—two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen—but very few appreciate just how strange and magical the chemical […]

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LED the way: Light your Nighttime WaterSpace with New Outdoor LEDs

LED Lighting

A host of new LED lights are making outdoor lighting more accessible, affordable, and a lot safer than those 120-volt wires running in conduit under your garden or patio. Now is the best time ever to upgrade the lighting in your outdoor living space. Before you click “buy” on that online order, however, take time […]

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Just Add Water: The Science of Water and Wellbeing

The Science of Water and Wellbeing

Let’s look at the Science of Water and Wellbeing. This is the first in a series of articles inspired by Wallace J. Nichols, a PhD who has turned his passion for water into his life’s work

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Creating Harmony Through Architecture, Water and Space

Creating Harmony Through Architecture, Water and Space

Let’s explore how to create harmony through architecture, water and space. In our series on creating your own WaterSpace, we’ve focused so far on the elements of landscape design, but there’s another essential design element—your home’s architecture—that you want to keep in harmony with your plan. The idea of bringing harmony through architecture involving the […]

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“Spools” The Joy of Small Space WaterSpaces

spools small swimming pools

There’s a small space trend that has become really big in custom pools. They’re called “spools,” and they’re popping up everywhere. As a designer and builder, I like the challenges small spaces present. You have to do more with less space, and that focuses everyone—clients, designers and builders to think differently. There are many reasons […]

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Color Choices In Pool Design – How to Talk About Color

Color Choices In Pool Design

I make lots of color choices and design decisions at work, but my wife picks the colors in our home. Some people think professional designers dictate color choices. That’s old school. Today, most people want to make their own decisions. That’s the way it should be when you work with a designer (or spouse), whether […]

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The Tao of Texture in WaterSpace Design

The Tao of Texture in WaterSpace Design

Texture is an element that means more to landscape architects and WaterSpace designers than the word suggests to others. A recent debate with my wife over a bathroom remodel reminded me just how far apart that understanding can be. She is subscribed 100 percent to the clean, modern contemporary style that has become the leading […]

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